Girth & Mirth San Francisco 1976, Boston 1977, New York City 1978

Girth & Mirth formed in 1976 in , California and created by a chaser named Charlie Brown. The following year in 1977 a chapter was created in Boston and by the third chapter opened in New York City. Large big men conventions were held in larger cities through-out the United States such as:

  • San Francisco
  • Chicago
  • New York City

as early as 1978 in great numbers. By 1986 large big men “Conventions” was changed over to “Convergence” and continues to be used to this day. Currently they are numerous GM (Girth & Mirth) & affiliates through-out the United States that cater to the chubby, chaser community and their admirers.

Below is slang terms used in this community and a few related sub-cultures with-in the chub/chaser/admirer community.

  • Chubby or chub: Gay slang for a large, overweight, or obese man.
  • Superchub: Gay slang term for chubby man who is extremely large.
  • Bear: Gay slang term for a man with a stocky, husky or heavyset build. Typically a “Bear” is a man with a hairy body & facial hair, sometimes older (or older looking) and displaying a masculine persona and mannerisms.
  • Polar Bear: Gay slang term for an older man with a stocky, husky or heavyset build. Typically a “Polar Bear” is a man with hairy body & salt n pepper colored hair, beard, mustache and body hair.
  • Panda Bear: Gay slang term for an Asian man with a stocky, husky, heavyset build. Typically a “Panda Bear” is a man with a hairy body and facial hair.
  • Brown Bear: Gay slang term for a Hispanic man with a stocky, husky, heavyset build. Typically a “Brown Bear” is a man with a hairy body and facial hair.
  • Black Bear: Gay slang term for an African American man with a stocky, husky, heavyset build. Typically a “Black Bear” is a man with a hairy body and facial hair.
  • Daddy: Gay slang term for an older man, sometimes bearish with a beard or completely smooth.
  • Cub: Gay slang term for a younger smaller in weight version of a bear.
  • Chubby chaser: Gay slang term for a man who has a slimmer body size and who is sexually lustfully attracted to chubs or bears. The slang term chaser is used in many subcultures with-in the community to describe an outsider who is sexually attraction to people from with-in that culture.
  • Chub for chub: Internet shorthand (Chub4chub) gay slang term for a male chub who is lustfully, sexually or romantically attracted to other large chubby men.
  • Girth & Mirth: Gay slang term for clubs of large men and their admirers.
  • Grizzly Adams: Gay slang term for a man with facial hair and smooth body who does not self identify himself as a bear but is attracted to bears.
  • Trapper: Gay slang term a man of smaller build who is attracted to bears.
  • Big Men’s Club: Another slang term used to define clubs and organizations for gay & bisexual men and their admirers.

Original Girth & Mirth of New York, New York City “Wide Pride” button from 1993. Contributed to backinthegays.com by Robert. Thank you

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contributed to backinthegays.com by Robert. Thank you

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